Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Points of Pride 2014-15
- Our 495 students come from 26 school districts and more than 50 middle and elementary schools from throughout Western New York. In the Class of 2018, 26% of the students are from public school, 13% have a sister who attends SHA, and 25% have a mother, sister, or grandmother who is a SHA alumna. In addition, we have five German exchange students.
- The 100 members of the Class of 2014 were awarded more than $17.3 million in scholarships and awards to some of the top colleges and universities across the country. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the class graduated with Advanced Designation Diplomas.
- A brand new, state-of-the-art Athletic Center opened for the 2014-15 school year. It features a gymnasium, fitness center, dance studio, school store, and locker rooms.
- New for the 2014-15 school year is our 1:1 iPad program further supporting technological literacy and active classroom learning.
- Sacred Heart is ranked the #3 high school overall in Western New York (out of 135). In subject area ranks, SHA ranked among the top 10% in all four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.
- A grant from the Oishei Foundation gave funds for a new honors STEM initiative which allows selected students advanced opportunities in math and science including summer courses for further acceleration, as well as a customized internship and quarterly STEM activities.
- Our rigorous college preparatory curriculum includes thirteen Advanced Placement and college courses in addition to Regents and Honors classes. We offer four languages other than English (LOTE): Chinese, Latin, French, and Spanish and a wide range of electives in technology, music, fine art, and dance. In the Class of 2014, 58% of the students took one or more AP classes. Students can also take courses through the Online School for Girls including AP Microeconomics, AP Latin, Journalism, and Genetics and Human Biology.
- Seminar provides units in study skills and safe relationships (9th grade), critical thinking skills (10th grade), standardized test taking strategies and PSAT, ACT, and SAT preparation (11th grade), and individualized college guidance including the application process with Naviance, an online college and career search program (12th grade).
- Leadership is included at each grade level and includes instruction and hands on learning in essential leadership skills, communication and presentation activities, interviewing, and developing and implementing a leadership project.
- SHA offers 17 athletic teams to ensure student involvement and physical well-being. In addition, physical education classes have units in self-defense, yoga, and cardiovascular wellness. During 2013-14, SHA’s golf and lacrosse teams were the Monsignor Martin League champions in their respective sports, and student athletes went to state competitions in swimming, golf, and track. Fifteen members of the Class of 2014 are currently playing collegiate sports.
- SHA’s Music Department annually enters the following (for chorus, band, and orchestra): ECMEA (All County), NYSSMA (All State), and NAFME (All Eastern). This year, Julia Cordani ’15, was selected to participate in the All-State Mixed Chorus based on her achievement at the NYSSMA Music Festival, scoring 100% for her vocal performance.
- Students can participate in a wide variety of clubs including the Science Olympiad Team, Mock Trial, Amnesty International, SHAcapella, Self-Defense, Yoga Club, Knitting Club, Diversity Club, 80's Film Club, Ukulele Club, Couch to 5K Club, and Ski Club (sponsored by St. Joe’s), as well as an annual musical and drama.
- The Study Center (TSC) at Sacred Heart Academy is staffed by members of the English department and offers academic support to students of all grades, with literacy skills including writing and reading comprehension across all disciplines. Assistance with organization, presentation skills, note-taking, and study skills is also available to help students transition to college preparatory coursework.
- Footprints Service Program is a school-wide program that builds a life-long sense of commitment to serving others. In 2013-14, our students donated nearly 20,000 hours of their time to volunteer, an average of 42 hours per student. The annual Day of SHAring is our unique school-wide day of service during which 600 plus members of the school community serve at over 60 sites throughout Western New York volunteering thousands of hours.
- Classes are housed in a beautiful, architecturally significant four-story main building, built in 1928.
- Students enjoy a completely renovated Library/Media Center with rooms for distance learning, small group instruction, and study. Laptops and wireless Internet access are available for student use, along with a fine print collection.
- Two state-of-the-art science laboratories serve SHA’s Biology/Chemistry and Earth Science/Physics classes.
- The computer lab features a new computer network with 1,000 mb processing speeds, a wireless Internet network, and computers for student use, including 21 newly purchased Hewlett Packard computers. Additional technology includes classroom SmartBoards to fully integrate curriculum with advanced technology and information.
- Nine brand new state-of-the-art classrooms opened in September 2012 housing English and LOTE (Language Other Than English) departments with a portable language lab. Technology features include PUCK, an interactive computer system which fosters collaboration amongst students and increases innovation by sharing digital information in small groups. Sacred Heart is the first high school in WNY to house this exciting technology.
- Clare Hall, adjacent to the main building, provides offices for SHA’s Advancement Staff.
- The Chapel, adorned by a beautiful stained glass window of the Sacred Heart, is a place of quiet reflection to which students may retreat for prayer and meditation.
- The Learning Center is a fully dedicated and equipped space to provide faculty and peer tutoring to all students requesting academic assistance.
- The SHA auditorium seats 700 for Academy assemblies, liturgies, theatrical productions, and other events.
- SHA Hall is a complete workout center for physical education classes with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, Nautilus machines, and free weights.
- The fully equipped SHA gymnasium is used for physical education classes and for athletic team practice and competitions. In addition, SHA partners with several local schools and townships to obtain additional practice facilities for its athletic teams, including Clearfield Tennis Courts, Grover Cleveland Golf Course, the Pepsi Center, Thruway Lanes, University at Buffalo Rotary Field, and Villa Maria Athletic Center.
- The SHA cafeteria has seating for 200, with dining service provided by Personal Touch.